usurer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Anglo-Norman, from Old French usurier, Latin ūsūra (interest).

Compare usurper and use

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

usurer (plural usurers)

  1. A person who loans money to others and charges interest, particularly at an illegal, exorbitant, or unfair rate.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 4:
      Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
      So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live?
    • 1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind, chapter XLIII
      "You can go to the Carpetbag usurers if you want money."
  2. (rare) Specifically, a male usurer.

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Hyponyms[edit]

  • saraf (early modern Middle East & India), shroff (early modern India & SE Asia)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ usurer” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

usurer (plural usurers)

  1. Alternative form of usurere

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

usurer

  1. indefinite plural of usur